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How to Make a Chalkboard Wall Calendar in 6 Easy Steps

Raise your hand if you like chalkboards✋.  My hand is raised super high!  When I was a kid, one of the ways my Teacher would reward us if we were good, was to let us draw on the chalkboard.  Let me tell ya, I tried to be perfect so I could get to that chalk!  LOL

Now that I’m an adult, nothing has changed!  I still love chalkboards and chalk.  So much so, there is a chalkboard in may of the rooms in our home.  I have a chalkboard wood slice on the fireplace in the living room, there’s a chalkboard panel on the kitchen wall, and I have a whole wall in my home office dedicated to chalkboard; a calendar and a notepad.

The calendar and notepad on my home office wall are the latest additions to my chalkboard craze around the house.  E won’t let me touch the 3rd floor or his closet with my crazy chalkboard shenanigans!  Turning a wall into chalkboard or making a couple of chalkboard areas is super easy and I’m going to show you how!

Tools Needed For a Chalkboard Wall Calendar

 

  • Tape measure
  • Calculator
  • Laser level
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Painter’s tape
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Chalk
  • Chalkboard pens

How to Make a Chalkboard Wall Calendar 

 

Step #1

Choose.

Choose which wall you’ll use. You really could almost think of this as an accent wall, so when people first walk into the room, is that the first thing you want them to see? Decide how much of your wall you’re going to use. For me, it was easy because I chose to use the wall space between 2 windows.  Measure the space so you know how big to make your squares.  The area of wall space I used was 34″ across.  

Step #2

Calculate the width.

To get a minimum width of your calendar, decide how many columns you want to have.  More than likely, you’ll have a minimum of 7 since there are 7 days in a week.  Add more columns for other things you may want to add such as birthdays or a note columns.

Calculate how large each square will be by dividing the width of the space by 7.   Also, keep in mind that you’ll be writing or placing sticky notes on the squares so you want to make sure you have enough room to write legibly and for the sticky notes.    I measured the width of a sticky note I had and it was 4″ across, which for me, was big enough.

The width of my area is 34″ inches with no padding (the area around the calendar).  I didn’t want my calendar to butt up against the windows so I added 0.75″ of padding on the right and left sides.  This means that I really only have 32.5″ (0.75″ x 2 = 1.5″) and across so I should divide that number by 7, which gives me a final measurement for how large each individual square will be, which is 4.64″.

Step #3

Calculate the height.

For the most part, you’ll follow the same calculations for the height of the calendar as the width of the calendar.

I chose to have 7 rows for my calendar.  One row for the months, 5 rows for the actual calendar, and the last row for the days of the week.

I’m leaving 3″ at the top and bottom for the top row and the bottom row (3″ is just a random number I chose.  It’s big enough for me to write the months so they aren’t too small.  How tall you would like your date squares are up to you, but I chose to have mine be 4″ tall.  This means that my chalkboard calendar is going to be 26″ high.  Here’s the calculation below.

  • Row 1 (header for months) = 3″
  • Rows 2-6 (calendar date rows) = 4″ each
  • Row 7 (bottom for months) = 3″

Using the lovely order of operations, here’s the formula and how I got to 26:

3 + (4 x 5) + 3 =26

If I knew where my math teacher was, she would be so excited about this and laugh.  I used to always say to her, “I don’t know why I have to learn how to do this, I’m not ever going to use math like this in my job when I get older.”  🙂

Step #4

Draw your calendar on the wall

The great thing about home decor is that it gives you a valid excuse to write on the wall! 😂 Now that you’ve done all your calculations and have decided what you want to go where it’s time to draw it!  Y’all I can’t freehand these types of things.  That’s why I have nifty tools with lasers and rules because otherwise, I wouldn’t have any straight lines! 

Grab your laser light, ruler, and chalk pencil and lightly draw the outside perimeter of your calendar.  This will be your guide for the tape.  Once you’ve drawn your lines, get your painters tape and place the edge of the tape on the outside of the lines you’ve drawn.  Make sure to put the tape on the outside because you’re going to paint inside the painter’s tape.

Step #5

Paint

Now that you’ve got the skeleton of your calendar drawn and taped, it’s time to paint. Wahoo!  You can, of course, use whatever color you would like.  I went with orange since my home office is orange, pink, white, green, red…you name it, if it’s a bold color, it’s in my office!  

Lowe’s carries a line of colored chalkboard paint by Valspar.  It’s very thin and you aren’t going to just be able to use one coat and go.  I ended up using 3 coats of the paint to get the desired look and effect that I wanted.  One thing I loved about this paint is that it dries very quickly.  I used a paint roller that would result in a very smooth finish and it worked great!

Once the paint dries, take a piece of chalk and color your entire chalkboard the area with the chalk.  Why?  To prevent ghosting.  What’s ghosting you ask?  Do you remember as a kid when you would write on the chalkboard, erase, and you could still see what you wrote?  That my friend is ghosting.  The same thing can happen with your wall.  

So to prevent that, taking a piece of chalk and running it all across the area will act as a protective layer so to speak and help cut down on that ghosting.  It will keep the chalk from soaking into the paint and your walls.  Once you’ve done that, grab a rag and wipe the chalk off.

Step #6

Draw your lines

I used a ruler and a piece of chalk to draw the lines for the calendar.   You can use a chalkboard pen or regular chalk as I did.  It’s really just personal preference.

Once I drew my lines, I used my white chalkboard pen to write the months and the days of the week since those are more permanent.  I used chalk for the dates since those will change each month.  I placed the days of the week at the bottom of my calendar rather than the top so that it would be easier to read when I’m at my desk.  This way when I turn around to look at it, I can look up rather than having to look up and then look down.

Alright y’all there you have it!  Your chalkboard wall calendar.  I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine!

 
See ya later!

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83 Comments… add one
  • Nicole Kauffman 09/27/2017, 7:59 AM

    Wow! Didn’t know this was so easy! Looks awesome 🙂

    • Lynn 09/28/2017, 1:14 PM

      Thanks, Nicole!

  • Cait 09/27/2017, 8:14 AM

    You had my attention at chalkboard wall calendar! how awesome is this 🙂 i def need to make one!
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    • Lynn 09/28/2017, 1:13 PM

      Hahahaha Cait. Yes, I too love all things chalkboard!

  • Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups 09/27/2017, 8:47 AM

    Love it! Also, thanks for the tip to prevent ghosting!
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    • Lynn 09/28/2017, 1:13 PM

      Thanks, Emily!

  • Jen 09/27/2017, 9:28 AM

    I love that you did this in orange-so fun! Great tutorial!!!

    • Lynn 09/28/2017, 1:13 PM

      Thanks, Jen! I was so excited when I found this orange paint.

  • Brit Strawbridge 09/27/2017, 9:40 AM

    I haven’t seen orange chalkboard! Such a fun fall tutorial! Love everything chalkboard related haha

    • Lynn 09/28/2017, 1:13 PM

      So do I Brit! Thanks!

  • Clarissa 09/27/2017, 10:58 AM

    I love this idea! I may get carried away and literally have a chalkboard WALL in my office for sprawling ideas….hahaha #bloggergoals 😉

    • Lynn 09/28/2017, 1:12 PM

      I love the idea of the chalkboard wall, Clarissa. I thought about doing the whole wall, but since I have that geometric accent wall, I decided to just do the square. Please share when you’re done. Would love to see it!

  • Gail 09/27/2017, 1:53 PM

    This is such a great idea and who knew it would be so easy. Thank you for sharing!

    • Lynn 09/28/2017, 1:11 PM

      Thanks, Gail!

  • kara 09/27/2017, 2:15 PM

    omg this is so cool AND easy! Totally pinning this for later!

    • Lynn 09/28/2017, 1:11 PM

      Thanks, Kara! I’ll all about simple and easy when possible.

  • Brittany 09/27/2017, 2:50 PM

    Wow! This sounds so much easier than I thought it would be! This is one of those things I keep putting off because it will be too much work but I’ve been over thinking this!

    • Lynn 09/28/2017, 1:11 PM

      Brittany, this is definitely one of the easiest and quickest DIY tools I’ve done in my home so far.

  • Lisa 09/27/2017, 7:50 PM

    Your projects are amazing Lynn, I know if I tried this that no matter what I used, the lines would end up slanted or crooked. I blame it on being left handed. Lol!

    • Lynn 09/28/2017, 1:10 PM

      Aww…thanks so much, Lisa! LOL….I’m with you on the crooked lines. Thank goodness there are tools to help me with that. 🙂

  • stephanie parrell 09/28/2017, 7:15 AM

    wow! i wish I had that kind of creativity! This would be a great way to keep track of my social media each month. Can you do it in other colors besides orange?

    • Lynn 09/28/2017, 1:10 PM

      Stephanie, I use mine mainly for keeping track of my blog too! Yes, the Valspar chalkboard paint comes in several colors. They mix it at the counter for you.

  • Lauren 09/28/2017, 8:00 AM

    This is so cute! I love this idea. I have always been a huge fan of a dry erase board, it’s so much easier than keeping track of a piece of paper. We will definitely be doing this!
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    • Lynn 09/28/2017, 1:09 PM

      You’re so right, Lauren! I can never find the piece of paper when I need it!

  • Marie Ndiaye 09/28/2017, 8:52 AM

    This is so cute! I really want to put one of these in our playroom area for my kids – I think they’d love it!

    • Lynn 09/28/2017, 1:08 PM

      Marie, I’m sure they would love it!

  • Tracy 09/28/2017, 10:53 AM

    It looks great! I love the orange!

    • Lynn 09/28/2017, 1:08 PM

      Thanks, Tracy!

  • Keri 09/28/2017, 11:03 AM

    This is so cute! I have been planning on creating some kind of chalkboard. The ghosting tip is definitely something I didn’t know about, so thank you!

    • Lynn 09/28/2017, 1:08 PM

      Thanks, Keri! I always love an easy DIY! 🙂

  • Melissa 09/28/2017, 2:37 PM

    Lynn! This is so fun and colorful! I love it – you always do such great things with colors!

    • Lynn 09/29/2017, 12:56 PM

      Awww…thanks so much, Melissa! That is so sweet of you. Color just makes things so fun! 🙂

  • jacqueline garcia 09/28/2017, 2:44 PM

    i love this idea! I just might have to try it (:
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    • Lynn 09/29/2017, 12:56 PM

      Thanks Jacqueline!

  • Amanda 09/28/2017, 3:36 PM

    Looks great and not too hard to do. Will have to have a go!

    • Lynn 09/29/2017, 12:57 PM

      Definitely not hard to do, Amanda. And so much fun using it!

  • Amanda 09/28/2017, 4:29 PM

    I never knew they made colored chalkboard paint! I’m pinning this for my future house/child’s bedroom!

  • Emily 09/28/2017, 6:15 PM

    I love this idea! I like how simple it was to make. I actually have a wall chalkboard calendar and it is a life saver! I like that my kids can see what is on our schedule too.

  • jennifer B 09/28/2017, 7:32 PM

    This is something that we could really use around our house! I am going to try to make one soon!

    • Lynn 09/29/2017, 12:55 PM

      Awesome, Jennifer! It’s so convenient.

  • Elena Trad 09/28/2017, 8:41 PM

    This is absolutely adorable. This is seriously the next craft on my list!

    • Lynn 09/29/2017, 12:54 PM

      Thanks Elena! Would love to see it once you’ve finished it. 🙂

  • Brandi 09/28/2017, 9:03 PM

    This turned out so well! It looks easy enough to where I feel comfortable to do it on my own!

    • Lynn 09/29/2017, 12:54 PM

      Thanks Brandi, would love to see yours once it’s done! 🙂

  • Lois Alter Mark 09/28/2017, 9:25 PM

    This is such a great idea! It’s so cute but so practical. I love the orange color – it totally pops!

    • Lynn 09/29/2017, 12:53 PM

      Thanks, Lois!

  • Jennifer Enoch 09/28/2017, 9:42 PM

    Okay, I would love to do this! Anything that’s going to get me more organized is a plus. Back to school has been so busy, and I’m still trying to find my balance. This is a great idea, it’s right in your face so you won’t forget it…sort of like I do with my planner!

    • Lynn 09/29/2017, 12:53 PM

      That’s how my planner is too, Jennifer…right in my face! lol It is nice just to turn around and look up.

  • Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy 09/28/2017, 10:12 PM

    This is such a wonderful idea! And so easy to do!

    • Lynn 09/29/2017, 12:53 PM

      Thanks, Danielle!

  • April Kitchens 09/29/2017, 7:02 AM

    It came out great. I would never think to use orange chalkboard paint.
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    • Lynn 09/29/2017, 12:52 PM

      Thanks so much!

  • Alli Smith 09/29/2017, 8:23 AM

    What an awesome chalkboard calendar! I remember when it was my time to “dust the erasers” back in elementary school. I loved drawing on the chalkboard and cleaning it. This is such a great project and a convenient way to keep up with everything.

    • Lynn 09/29/2017, 12:52 PM

      Thanks Alli! I’m glad to see I want the only kid who enjoyed the chalkboard! 🙂

  • Lindsay 09/29/2017, 8:57 AM

    I just did a homework space and used a whiteboard because I didn’t want a black chalkboard…it never occured to me that I could do a different color! It looks fantastic!

    • Lynn 09/29/2017, 12:49 PM

      Thanks, Lindsay!

  • Liz @ Yes/No Detroit 09/29/2017, 9:16 AM

    Cool idea! I could see this being especially useful for moms/parents or teachers.

    • Lynn 09/29/2017, 12:48 PM

      Yes, I agree with you, Liz!

  • Reesa 09/29/2017, 9:40 AM

    What an easy project. I like the orange chalkboard, Never seen that.

    • Lynn 09/29/2017, 12:48 PM

      Yes it was super easy, Reesa…my favorite kind! 🙂

  • candy 09/29/2017, 9:43 AM

    Now that they have different colors for chalkboard paint the sky is the limit. Love your easy DIY calendar.

    • Lynn 09/29/2017, 12:48 PM

      Thanks Candy and I agree!

  • Tomi C 09/29/2017, 10:51 AM

    I’ve never seen such a vibrant chalkboard paint color. I’ve only seen black and olive green. I love this. Chalkboard paint is such a great decorating tool and the kids love it.
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    • Lynn 09/29/2017, 12:47 PM

      Yes, I am so happy that colored chalkboard paint exists. Allows for even more creativity!

  • Donyell 09/29/2017, 11:29 AM

    This is a creative DIY! I have a toddler so this would be awesome for her!

    • Lynn 09/29/2017, 12:47 PM

      Ohh yes, I bet she would love it!

  • Shelley R Zurek 09/29/2017, 1:26 PM

    This wall art would work well in our laundry room. I wasn’t aware I could use another color other than black.

  • Kristin 09/29/2017, 1:47 PM

    This looks great! I love that you went with a color instead of typical chalkboard black!

  • Zwitsal 09/29/2017, 4:10 PM

    Great idea! Plus it will also add more look through the house! And everyone will probably notice it! Love the idea of this since we had the typical black board ones!

  • valmg @ Mom Knows It All 09/29/2017, 7:31 PM

    I’ve never seen an orange chalkboard before. I have a friend that was going to do a chalkboard piece in her pantry very similar to this.
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  • Pam 09/29/2017, 8:12 PM

    This is such a good idea. What a cute way to keep the whole family’s schedule organized.

  • Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh 09/29/2017, 8:49 PM

    We homeschool, and I need this in our homeschool room!! This is so easy to make, and turned out amazing! I have grey chalkboard paint right now left from a project that I did recently.
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  • Jennifer L 09/30/2017, 2:28 AM

    Omg this is such a great DIY. I’d love to do this for one of my entire walls in my room.

  • Cesar Diaz 09/30/2017, 7:08 AM

    What a great idea! I really like the colors you used. It looks bright and fun.

  • Jenn @ EngineerMommy 09/30/2017, 9:43 AM

    Great tutorial. It seems like it’s pretty easy to recreate this idea. This would be wonderful for organizing one’s calendar and tasks.

  • Lian 09/30/2017, 3:31 PM

    This is such a great idea! My family would benefit from having this calendar to add their activities to it so we can see what everyone else is up to. I’m also happy that it is so simple to create.
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  • Jaime Nicole 09/30/2017, 5:39 PM

    You did an amazing job and made it look easy! I just love the orange color scheme you chose- so bright and cheery!

  • Kita Bryant 09/30/2017, 6:43 PM

    Well that doesn’t seem so hard! I love it and could definitely use one!

  • Cheryl 09/30/2017, 8:16 PM

    I love chalkboard paint! I didn’t know it came in different colors. If I didn’t have an apartment, I would do this in my house.

  • Chubskulit Rose 09/30/2017, 9:44 PM

    You did such a great job on this. I think it is better than the ones you buy in the store.

  • Madelain 10/01/2017, 12:35 PM

    You make it look so easy! Thanks for the steps. I love this idea!

  • Angie 10/03/2017, 10:57 AM

    That’s really not hard at all, I should totally do one! Thanks for sharing your steps, it makes it so much easier to accomplish.

  • Maria Brittis 10/03/2017, 9:21 PM

    I saw this amazing calendar DIY on the Home Craft Group, what a fun project. Truly enjoyed reading how its done.
    Maria

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